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->''"You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it."''

Robin [=McLaurin=] Williams (July 21, 1951-) is an American actor and comedian. Although he studied drama at Julliard (where his roommate was the late Creator/ChristopherReeve), Robin's preferred stage was to be found in standup comedy clubs. There he was discovered (several times) by TV producers and agents. Technically first appearing on TV in a failed revival of ''Series/{{Rowan and Martins Laugh-In}}'' and ''[[Creator/RichardPryor The Richard Pryor Show]]'', Robin rose to fame as the zany alien star of ''Series/MorkAndMindy''. In that series, his [[RapidFireComedy comedic brilliance at improvisation]] was so irresistible, the writers decided to bank time in the scripts for [[HarpoDoesSomethingFunny Robin to cut loose]]. During this time he struggled through addictions to cocaine and alcohol, and made his first major movie, ''{{Popeye}}''. The movie failed. (His first film was actually a sketch movie called ''Can I Do It Till I Need Glasses''. His scenes were cut out after the film's first release but restored for re-release just before ''Popeye'' came out.)

After ''Mork and Mindy'' was cancelled, Robin still struggled on the big screen, through ''The World According To Garp'', ''Film/MoscowOnTheHudson'', and the ''very'' poorly received ''Club Paradise''. It wasn't until ''GoodMorningVietnam'' that people started taking this comic seriously, and he got his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He was nominated again for ''DeadPoetsSociety'' two years later, and yet again for ''Film/TheFisherKing'' two years after that. He didn't win either time. He continued to churn out classic roles, like the Genie in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' (which helped establish the CelebrityVoiceActor as the "star" of an animated film) and the title role in ''Film/MrsDoubtfire''. In 1996, he starred in the Creator/FrancisFordCoppola dramedy ''Jack'' and starred alongside Nathan Lane in the hit comedy ''Film/TheBirdcage''. In 1997, he finally won his rightfully-deserved Oscar for ''GoodWillHunting''. After that, he went through a period of overly-maudlin films such as ''Film/WhatDreamsMayCome'', ''PatchAdams'', and ''BicentennialMan''.

When these films became critical failures (and even gave him a disturbingly sizable {{Hatedom}}), he went into another period in 2002, one no one would have expected: his dark period. ''DeathToSmoochy'', ''Film/{{Insomnia}}'', and ''OneHourPhoto'' established that he wasn't always so cute and cuddly, and all but ''Smoochy'' got rave reviews. Although he returned to the stand-up stage that same year, he continued to make films of all sorts of genres. Dramas like ''House of D'', comedies like ''RV'', and animated family films like ''HappyFeet'' prove that this man can somehow still make terrible movies worse and good movies amazing.

His hobbies include bike riding, ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', GettingCrapPastTheRadar in television shows and family movies, and [[LampshadeHanging hanging a lampshade]] on just about everything in RealLife. Fan of the San Francisco Giants. [[IconicOutfit Known to wear suspenders and loud Hawaiian shirts]], but rarely both at the same time, [[http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v482/80sFreakLurker/Others/833a.jpg although it has happened.]]

He's also OneOfUs. His daughter's name is Zelda (and guess what: they made an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bINUfbLV_0M&feature=player_embedded ad]] out of it for the Nintendo3DS remake of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword''). His favorite TV show of all time is ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion.'' He plays ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. He's also gone on record saying that if they ever make a LiveActionAdaptation of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', he wants to play [[TheProfessor Professor]] [[CoolOldGuy Oak]]. Has mentioned playing a sniper in the ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield}}'' series of {{FPS}} and was picked to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5TXEUiR1Xk demo]] ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}''.

Often dubbed by Creator/KoichiYamadera for Japanese releases of his films.

Williams is an Episcopalian, and is apparently the original author a the tongue-in-cheek list of "Top Ten Reasons to be Episcopalian/Anglican"[[http://www.liturgy.co.nz/humour/list.html]]

Not to be confused with English singer-songwriter Music/RobbieWilliams, or [[NamesTheSame that chick who writes the computer books]] or the animator RichardWilliams.

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!!Other tropes associated with him include:

* AccidentallyAccurate: Crosses over with HilariousInHindsight. In ''Weapons of Self Destruction'', Williams joked that, instead of a German pope like Benedict XVI, there would be a Latin American pope (like "Pope Enrique"). Four years later, Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina would become Pope Francis.
* BlitheSpirit: A common trait among his characters.
* ButtMonkey: He seems to play either this or [[PlayingAgainstType the villain]] in recent films.
** As of recently, he seems to be this in '''RealLife'''. Personal problems aside, the public's reception to the films he's made in the past 10 years have been less than stellar.
*** At first played straight, then the man himself subverts it in this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bb7303ukNtk Crowning Moment of Awesome.]]
* CarpetOfVirility: One of the most luxuriant in Hollywood, visible as many of his films have a ShirtlessScene.
* CentralTheme: A lot of his movies are tied to childhood and growing up.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: For the most part he is one, although he can be serious when he needs to be.
* ClusterFBomb: His stand-up routines are ''very'' salty.
** One side-splitting EasterEgg on his ''Live from Broadway'' DVD was a rapid-fire montage of all the cuss words he used in the routine.[[note]]To find it, scroll all the way down through the menu screen then hit the right arrow button at the last option (or click [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqS_g2RYrFE here)]]; if a Parental Advisory symbol comes up, have fun.[[/note]]
** In one routine, he notes that the parents in his audience apparently ignored the "18 and up" label on the performance flyers. "Kids, you're going to learn some new words today!"
* DirtyOldMan: Often references sex and porn in his stand-up routines.
* DrugsAreBad: A staple of his later stand-up shows, often drawing from his own experiences (particularly involving cocaine and alcohol). One exception seems to be marijuana: While he brutally mocked stoners in 1986's ''Live At The Met'', in ''Live On Broadway'' and ''Weapons Of Self Destruction'' he is more favorable towards pot (one routine in ''Broadway'' is about how pot is less harmful than alcohol).
* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: Several of the movies and television shows he gets cast in often have scripts that say stuff like "Robin can go off here" at numerous intervals.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Creator/BobcatGoldthwait.
* HeyItsThatGuy: He guest starred on a particularly memorable episode of ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway''.
* ICallHimMisterHappy: TropeNamer.
* {{Improv}}: Billy Crystal said that you can't take him anywhere because he will riff on ''everything.''
* {{Irony}}: Known as a motormouth, he also spent time as a mime.
* LargeHam: Does this really need justification? We're talking about Robin Freaking Williams here.
** Perhaps most noticeable when he appeared as the bit character Osric in Kenneth Branagh's ''[[IncrediblyLamePun HAM]][[{{Hamlet}} let]]''.
* MotorMouth: When he gets going, he ''really'' gets going.
* NeverTrustATrailer: Whenever he stars in a {{dramedy}}, you can bet the trailers will play up his comedic scenes.
* OneOfUs: The presence of a ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' action figure in ''OneHourPhoto'' was his idea. He is an avid anime fan.
** His daughter is named Zelda, after the Nintendo Princess.
** He once joked that he can barely use a computer but he figured out how to play video games.
* PlayingWithCharacterType: ''OneHourPhoto'' subverted his cheery, friendly persona to disturbing effect.
* PromotedFanboy: Williams is a fan of ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' video games and even [[NamedAfterSomebodyFamous named his oldest daughter Zelda]]. He and his daughter were both later given the opportunity to star in the commercials for ''Ocarina of Time 3DS'' and ''Skyward Sword'' for Western releases. Creator/{{Nintendo}} has also told him he would be their only choice to play Professor Oak if a live-action ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' movie was ever made.
* ThrowItIn: Known for fighting with the directors over how far he can vary from the script. Often it comes down to "One good take done straight, then you can have fun."
* TomHanksSyndrome: Zigzagged, he's shown in later years that he can definitely carry serious drama, but comedy is still what he's most famous for and he still does comedy flicks regularly.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: He was reported to have auditioned for the role of Gendo Ikari in the ''RebuildOfEvangelion'' movies.
** He was also in line to play the [[StarfishAliens Vortigaunts]] in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2''.
** He had expressed interest in playing the Riddler in ''Film/BatmanForever'' and was a fan favorite to do so, until Joel Schumacher took over the project and reworked the concept.
** He was supposed to play "Dr." Berlinghoff Rasmussen in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "A Matter of Time", but he was busy working on ''Film/{{Hook}}'' at the time.
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!!Like any celebrity, Robin gets parodied or caricatured a lot in popular media.:

* A ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' Celebrity Jeopardy sketch in 2000. Robin is played by Jimmy Fallon who does a pretty good voice impression.
** Robin actually engaged in some self-mockery in a 1986 episode he hosted in a sketch where he played himself as an Shakespearean actor who can't stop going into his improvisational routines, enraging Creator/WilliamShakespeare himself.
*** And of course, there was the skit where Dana Carvey played his hyperactive son.
*** To celebrate the 25th anniversary of ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', there was a sketch of previously unseen "audition tapes" for the film, in which Jon Hamm played Williams, auditioning for the part of Doc Brown.
* Robin popularized the InkSuitActor trope with ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', so when ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'' had to suffer through a remake of ''Pinocchio'' with an AllStarCast of such, it was only natural that he be spoofed with the "Beige Fairy". Said Fairy is the Genie in all but name and color, GettingCrapPastTheRadar in the name of ParentalBonus.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'':
** In "Buster and Babs Go Hawaiian", in a rather dated reference, [[Film/{{Hook}} Robin as]] PeterPan is seen flying around outside Amblin studios. He says "I can fly. Look ma, no wires!" before crashing into something offscreen.
** A short in "Henny Youngman Day" had Babs going to a local club's Open Mic Night to try to spark a career in RecordedAndStandUpComedy, only to find out that [[LawyerFriendlyCameo the in-world version]] of Robin Williams had stopped in for a surprise engagement. Babs choked out on stage until Robin (who had been told he was the final perfomer of the night) [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming comes back out to give her an assist]].
** Robin (the "real" Robin) had a cameo at the very end of "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/hollywood/misfit18.html It's A Wonderful Tiny Toons Christmas Special]]"...still dressed as Peter Pan.
* Sketch comedy ''InLivingColor'' featured a 1994 sketch where JimCarrey played an obnoxious, hyperactive Robin at the Academy Awards. He was seen to make light of the Oscar statuette and the late film producer Irving G. Thalberg and interrupting actors playing James Earl Jones and Whoopi Goldberg (the latter of which grows tried of Robin's annoying antics and beats him about the head with an Oscar). HilariousInHindsight, as this skit aired just after Carrey's own career took off.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** The episode "Special Edna" had a brief scene parodying ''DeadPoetsSociety'' with a John Keating lookalike appropriately voiced by Dan Castellaneta, [[ThePoorMansSubstitute who replaced Robin as The Genie]] in ''Return of Jafar'' and the ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' TV series.
** The episode "Mypods and Boomsticks" featured [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} The Genie]] in Homer's dream sequence (voiced by Dan but obviously a caricature of Robin's version).
*** This was mainly a ShoutOut to ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar,'' in which Dan Castellaneta took over the role of the Genie when Williams refused to sign on due to contract violations on Disney's part.
** In one of the comics, the family has just gotten a new satellite dish and is channel surfing with Bart. They come across a show called ''Celebrity Alien Autopsies'' and features, you guessed it, Mork on the autopsy table, wisecracking as usual.
* ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'': Xandir's genie boyfriend is an obvious parody.
--> "[[LargeHam Hey-hey-hey!]] [[MarxBrothers I'm Groucho Marx!]] [[Series/YouBetYourLife What's the secret word?]] [[{{Popeye}} Now I'm a wacky sailor!]] [[Film/MrsDoubtfire Now I'm a cross-dressing nanny.]] [[PatchAdams And now I'm a wacky doctor who kills cancer with laughter and a big red nose!]] {{Jumanji}}! [[MorkAndMindy Nanu nanu!]]"
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' often mocks him.
** Pre-renewal, "Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story" had a man in the future gets an episode of ''MorkAndMindy'' beamed into his brain, and laughs like a moron.
---> "Ha ha ha! Oh, Mork, that's not how you sit in a chair."
** Not a portrayal, but the episode "Petergeist", the first thing Peter does with the dead Native American skull is use it as a puppet, saying thusly:
---> "Hey, check it out, Chris, it's Robin Williams. 'BlahBlahBlah, black preacher voice. Blah blah blah, gay [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Elmer Fudd]]."
** "[=McStroke=]" showed Peter as Robin's "Jumping off point".
** And in "Baby Not On Board", a cutaway shows Robin as Patch Adams, doing his routine. One of the kids in the hospital pulls his IV out to kill himself.
** Stewie outright says he hates Robin Williams in "The Juice Is Loose".
** "You knew it was going to be a touching comedy, because Robin Williams had a beard." - Brian in "Love, Blactually"
** In "Brian's Got A Brand New Bag", ''Film/WhatDreamsMayCome'' is one of the [=DVDs=] that no one wants to buy.
** In "Family Guy Viewer Mail 2", Peter gains the ability to turn everything and everyone he touches into Robin Williams. HilarityEnsues.
* Non-parody example: In NBC's MadeForTVMovie ''Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Mork & Mindy'', Robin was portrayed by Chris Diamantopoulos, who did an uncanny vocal impersonation.
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' has had two sketches with Mork in them. The first is a brief appearance during "[[http://www.milkandcookies.com/link/48339/detail/ Swedish Chef's Jaunt]]" (cute), and the second is in "[[http://robotchicken.wikia.com/wiki/Top_100_Final_Episodes_Ever The Top 100 Final Episodes Ever]]"
* An episode of ''TimAndEricAwesomeShowGreatJob!'' had Eric giving Tim his own Robin Williams (played by professional Robin impersonator David Born), who goes out of control and runs away.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Bendin' In The Wind'' featured robot Patchcord Adams. Bender wanted to kick his ass.
** And the movie ''Bender's Game'' featured a scene where Mork from Ork is referenced with [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orcs as Mork]]. Then the party kills them while telling them to shut up. It doesn't work.
* Frank Caliendo has a very brief Robin Williams impression that he's been known to do. It goes something like "Joke not working, just switch voices." He even did a whole routine where Williams is in a remake of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' starring him (''all'' the roles) and directed by Creator/QuentinTarantino.
-->''"And the tornado comes! Sucks up the house, it's in the air, spinning like Barishnikov [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs on amphetamines]] -- I don't care if you didn't laugh at that joke, ''[[AuthorAppeal I did it just for me!]]''
* The first episode of ''Bob & Doug'' (the animated series about [[Series/{{SCTV}} The McKenzie Brothers]]) had yet another spoof of [[DeadPoetsSociety John Keating]], who does the typical shtick before two police officers show up to take him back to "the home".
-->'''Teacher''': They can't catch me, not while I have this! ''(points to shoe, leaps out the window)'' CARPE DIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEM!
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' featured a teacher who thought he was John Keating, telling the class to "seize the day", "carpe diem" and the like. His class assignments are things like "tell 10 people you love them today". The kicker? He's an Accounting teacher.
** There's also a point in that same episode where Jeff is wearing a [[MorkAndMindy Mork]] costume.
---> '''Jeff:''' ''Shazbot!''
* ''TheOnion'' has poked fun at him occasionally -- he vanishes on a "free association" bender during the shoot of a movie version of ''MyThreeSons'' when his improv gets out of hand, and in the book ''Our Dumb Century'' we learn that scientists warned the U.S. government about "encroaching Robin Williams body hair" in the late 1970s.
* When the orcs attack Balin's Tomb in ''Film/TheFellowshipOfTheRing'', the {{Rifftrax}} claims that they're actually something worse - "Morks! Hundreds of Robin Williamses!" - and goes into a brief impression.

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